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Born: January 1, 1931

Place of Birth: San Antonio, TX USA

Death: October 20, 2013

Place of Death: Port Arthur, TX USA






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Clayton Thompson Funeral Directors
Groves, TX





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John Nance Garner

    January 1, 1931  -  October 20, 2013
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John “Cowboy John” Nance Garner, 82, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at his home.
He was born in San Antonio, Texas on January 1, 1931 to Marie and Ted Garner. He attended Arkansas Tech. John served in the Army with the Armed Forces Radio Service in Korea and Japan for 3 years. Prior to joining KJAC-TV he spent 3 ½ years at KCMC-TV in Texarkana, where he established a highly successful children’s show. In 1957 at KJAC he hosted the popular children’s show, The Circle 4 Club and became “Cowboy John”. After 23 years, left Channel 4 and joined First Bank and Trust in Groves in Public Relations for 8 years, then went to KOLE radio. He was a past member of the Noon Sertoma Club and the Confederate Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Bill and Jim Garner.
John is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sue Wolford Garner of Port Arthur, Texas, his daughters, Tara Garner of Austin, Texas and Jennifer Dean and husband Roger of Nederland, Texas, sons, Joseph Garner and wife Lisa of Nederland, Texas and Bill Garner of Nederland, Texas, one grandson, Cody Garner of Nederland, Texas, great granddaughter, Kenadi Garner of Nederland, Texas, two step grandchildren, John and Shelby both of Austin, Texas.
He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Mary Wolford of Crosby, Texas, Melissa Rojo of Austin, Texas, brothers-in-law, Carroll Wolford and wife Laquita of Dallas, Texas,
Kenneth Wolford of Orangefield, Texas, Kurt Wolford and wife Lynn of Mauriceville, Texas as well as a host of nieces and nephews and his Best Friend and co-host of Circle 4 Club, John Stevens, Sr. aka “Black Bart”.
Special Thank you to Dr. Randolph for his generosity and to his staff for all their support also Odyssey Hospice and all the nurses for their loving care and to all the good friends that were always giving their time.
A Public Memorial service will be at 7:00 PM Thursday, October 22, 2013 at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home with a special friend, Rev. David Edwards, officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5 PM until service time at the funeral home.
Arrangements for cremation are entrusted to Clayton Thompson Funeral Directors in Groves.
In Lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to American Cancer Society for Pancreatic Cancer Research or to the Humane Society of Southeast Texas.